Devotional

Brad Phillips

The Mission: Calais Church of God

We all love a great deal, don’t we? From couponing to dickering there’s nothing quite like being able to buy something for far less than it’s really worth. The true value of an item can often vary. One person may consider something worthless while another considers it priceless. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” the old adage says. In 2007, a bowl was purchased at yard sale for $3. At the time of the sale, neither the buyer nor the seller thought the bowl was anything more than a nice decorative item for their home. After displaying the bowl for a few years though the buyer decided to do some research on the origin of the piece. It turned out to be a rare, 1000 year old, Chinese bowl. In March of 2013 the bowl was put on the auction block. When the dust cleared and the bidding ended it sold for more than $2.2 MILLION!  Clearly the person who purchased the bowl saw a value in it that the original seller didn’t. They saw its uniqueness, its rarity and they saw that it was irreplaceable—truly one of a kind.

 You might think that $2.2 million was the most someone ever paid for an item that others saw as near worthless but you’d be wrong. You see God gave more, much more to purchase you and to purchase me. John 3:16 sums the gospel up beautifully—“ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God values us so highly that he allowed His son, His only son, to pay the ultimate price for the sins we committed. God values you! That should make you smile. Too many of us feel we’re worthless. Maybe you’ve even been told that by others—your ex, your kids, or even your parents. Maybe they’ve made you feel that you could never be loved or don’t deserve to be loved—that you’re not worth more than $3 at a yard sale. DON’T BELIEVE IT! Like that old Chinese bowl, and even more so, you are priceless! You are unique, you are one of a kind and you are most certainly irreplaceable. Your heavenly father felt that way so strongly that he gave his only Son for you, for me, for all of us, to make a way for us to spend eternity with Him. I encourage you to spend some time today getting to know the God who created you, who values you and who desires you.